UFC 149 Round-by-Round Review: Court McGee vs. Nick Ring


Court McGee vs. Nick Ring

Former Ultimate Fighter competitors Court McGee (13-2) and Nick Ring (12-1) collide in a middleweight contest. Ring actually defeated McGee on the show, but an injury knocked Ring out and McGee went on to claim the title. This will be the fourth U.S. vs. Canada contest (with Team USA leading 2-1), with the referee being Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: No touch of gloves from these two, as both men have wanted to face each other for a while now. Head-kick blocked partially by McGee, who delivers a kick of his own. Counter-left hook by McGee lands, as the crowd begins cheering for their own in Ring. McGee with another big blow that lands. Counter combo by McGee of a big hook from Ring. McGee fends off two takedown attempts by the bigger Ring. Stiff jab from McGee, who just misses with a big overhand punch. Ring using his kicks to keep McGee away from him, not putting a lot of force behind them. Under two minutes to go, and Ring lands a big right hook followed by a straight left. Straight right lands by Ring, and he goes back to peppering the legs with kicks. Left to the chin by Ring lands.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ring

Round 2: Neither fighter wanting to push the action, exchanging kicks and kicks. Ring fends off a takedown attempt by McGee, while McGee lands a few quick strikes. More leg kicks, as McGee follows up with a combo and a head-kick that connects. McGee closes the distance and lands an uppercut, as he remains the more aggressive fighter. Straight left for a second time lands to the face of McGee, this time he walks through it more than the first. Ring with another big blow, and it appears as though McGee might have a broken nose. Blood pouring from the nose of McGee as he breathes out of his mouth. Straight left again by Ring, as he fends off a takedown attempt by McGee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ring

Round 3: McGee's nose looks horrible, but he comes right out after Ring, likely knowing he is down on the scorecards. Quick flurry by McGee, but Ring remains poised. Body shot by McGee, as Ring fires off another straight left. McGee continuing to push forward, landing two and three punches at a time. Straight left lands again to face of McGee, who continues to push forward. Several uppercuts land by McGee, as he pushes Ring up against the cage. Three minutes to go, and McGee is still throwing punches in bunches. Another combo by McGee connects, as does a spinning back-kick to the body. Ring moving away, and McGee lands five straight punches to the face. Ring running again, and McGee landing uncontested blows. Elbow to the face by McGee, and Ring is covering up as much as he can. Ring's punches having no effect, and McGee continues to push forward, teeing off with punches to the face. Straight right finally stops McGee for a brief second. McGee hits a big right, and Ring goes for a leg. McGee tries for a choke, as Ring rolls over and lands on top of him.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Nick Ring def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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